How to transfer contacts from SonyEricsson into iPhone

Considering that a number of users own SonyEricsson mobile phones and that the iPhone client base is still growing, more and more people find themselves in need of transferring contacts in between the two devices. For these purposes there is a simple solution, which we've prepared this tutorial for.

You can also find way how to transfer contacts from Nokia into iPhone. Try other HOW TOs as well.

What do you need?

SonyEricsson Z550i

  1. Primarily a SonyEricsson cellphone, in this case we will be using SE Z550i, a cellphone with no operating system. We've chosen this model, because the setting is very similar to many more phones from this vendor. The list of officially supported devices is here.
  2. A user account on
  3. And of course an iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS nebo 4 with an operating system version 3.0 and higher (e.g. 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 4.0, 4.0.1 etc). Let us just remind you, that for now Phonecopy only transfers contacts to iPhone.

Registration on

Phonecopy client registration is simple. Choose your username and insert your email address, where we will send you a confirmation email that you will need to activate your account.

SonyEricsson cellphone setup

First you have to synchronize the SonyEricsson with PhoneCopy, so that you could transfer your data into the iPhone. First step is to set up the synchronization on the SonyEricsson. For better illustration, we've made some screenshots, but experienced users naturally won't need and will be able to set up the phone on their own, or following the user manual here. In that case, please scroll down to the end of the article, where we are describing the way to transfer the contacts into the iPhone. But back to the screenshots now: create a new synchronization profile in the menu:

Select Settings Select Synchronization Select Yes Type Phonecopy

Follow the instructions to set up the connection. If you're only transferring contacts, you can leave out some of the steps, or you can backup you calendar, tasks and notes as well.

Fill out the form Type in Type in your username Type in your password

Select Internet Select Applications Check all the items you want to synchronize Move over to App Settings

Choose Contacts Type in Contacts Choose Calendar Type in Calendar

Choose Tasks Type in Tasks Choose Notes Type in Notes


Start the synchronization now. You can select the data to be synchronized before starting. If you are only transferring data into your iPhone, choose to transfer contacts only. However if you want to use PhoneCopy as a backup platform and you have made the corresponding settings, choose Calendar, Tasks and Notes as well.

Start the synchronization

After your phone is synchronized, go back to your PhoneCopy online profile (probably you will have it still open in the browser since you activated your account) and accept the assignment of your phone to the account. If you do it within the hour after the synchronization, the phone will be assigned automatically and you will only need to confirm the process. If the delay is greater than one hour, you will be asked by the server for the cellphone's identification number, called IMEI. This number can be easily found under the battery of the cellphone, or you can type in the symbols *#06# and the IMEI will appear on the display.

phone association

PhoneCopy application for iPhone

Run the Apple AppStore on your iPhone and search for Phonecopy application, which you can download free of charge (we've been using version 1.0 in this tutorial). After downloading and installation, go through following steps.

Press the button Log in/new account Choose Log into an existing account Type in your username and password

Now you can start the first synchronization

Start sync Start sync direction Select sync direction Synchronization done

Or you can press the Synchronize button to start the synchronization.

Some additional tips:

Just as a reminder, the contacts are carried via your mobile phone service provider, so you need to have data transfers activated for the service to work. If you you don't have a special data scheme, your carrier will charge you additional fees (during our testing, cca 500 contacts cost approximately 1,5 USD for all the data carried during a full syncronization, service provided by O2). Contact transfer is naturally also possible from an iPhone to SE, or you can synchronize as you wish between two or more cell phones (from iPhone to iPhone, from SE to Nokia etc). Before the transfer into the second device, you can edit your contacts in your online account. PhoneCopy can also be used as a backup service, should you loose your phone or the stored data, or if you just run out of battery and you need to see your contacts online. Also, on your online account, you will see full history of your contacts, as well as the data that you've deleted in between the synchronizations. You can find them in an archvie from where you can restore them. And if this is still not enough of a backup for you, you can download a .CSV file, that you can store in your computer.

The whole transfer, including the settings, can be done in several minutes and the service is completely free.